Can the Browns rehabilitate Osweiler and return him to the QB he was in Denver in 2015? He was a train wreck last season in Houston, but one source close the 2012 second-round pick out Arizona State swears he’s a good QB who was a bad fit with Texans coach Bill O’Brien. Even Osweiler acknowledged that he regressed last year.
“The best part is I’m getting coached hard on my fundamentals,” Osweiler said during minicamp. “I believe firmly that when your fundamentals and your feet are right as a quarterback, you’re going to make great decisions and you’re going to throw accurate footballs. That’s something that slid last season. I’m not going to go into great detail on that, but they did. My fundamentals slid, and because of that, you saw some poor decisions and some poor throws. If you go back to 2015, I feel like my fundamentals were pretty tight.”
Osweiler (6-8, 235) finished 29th out of 30 eligible NFL quarterbacks last season with a 72.2 rating, and 27th with a 59 completion percentage. He threw only 15 TDs against 16 INTs, and was benched in favor of Tom Savage with the playoffs on the line. The Texans couldn’t wait to unload him and his $16 million guaranteed salary for 2017. The Browns failed in their efforts to trade him, but have tweaked his mechanics and are happy with the results.
“Brock was a long-strider,’’ said quarterbacks coach David Lee. “It’s been a lot of work and it’s still not there yet. Brock knows that when we start moving around and the bullets start flying, his legs get long again like daddy long-legs and that’s when he gets in trouble and the ball sails….
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